Barnardo’s Westminster Cathedral Carols 2016

Tonbridge Grammar School Music Department took over a hundred school children to sing at a Carol Concert in Westminster Cathedral in support of the work of Barnardo’s last night.
 
The Motet and Cantores Choirs performed at a special Christmas Carol concert in Westminster Cathedral, the largest Catholic Church in England and Wales in central London. The 100 strong massed choir sang  ‘Shepherds Shake off your drowsy sleep’ arranged by Stephen Mager, as well as ‘Quem Pastroes’ arranged by the Choir’s director Adrian Pitts. Singers were drawn from all over West Kent, including Sevenoaks, Hasting and Tonbridge.  A packed audience of over 2000 people appreciated the sparkling performance by the young singers under the direction of Adrian Pitts. We welcomed back alumna Natalie Jobbins as accompanist who came down from Cambridge specially for the event.

Tonbridge Grammar School Choirs has been regularly asked to perform for Barnardo’s events over the last five years, singing at the magical setting of St Paul’s Cathedral Christmas earlier this term for their 150th anniversary thanksgiving service.  
 
Its senior choir (Motet) will also appear at Christmas events in the locality including the Breakfast show on BBC Radio Kent on Friday 16th December and the Tonbridge Philharmonic Society’s Family Carols on 17th December in Tonbridge School Chapel. The junior choir (Cantores) performed at the School’s St Cecilia Concert at St Stephen’s Church and will feature in the School’s Junior Carol Service at the end of term in Tonbridge School Chapel.

“I really enjoyed performing at Westminster. The atmosphere was amazing, the audience were all very supportive and all the schools worked really well together to create a wonderful evening.” Amelia Year 9
 
“I thoroughly enjoyed the concert, as the atmosphere was very jolly and bright, and everyone participated in the carols. It was nice to think contributing to the concert could improve someone's life, from the money that Barnardo's raised at the concert. I enjoyed the carols that the whole congregation sang together, and the readings were interesting and told a lot about the Christmas story.” Hannah Year 9
 
“ I got the shivers when I heard our final chord ring around the cathedral” Daisy Year 12
 
1st December 2016